Indicator Removal: File Deletion
Created the Tuesday 07 February 2023. Updated 2 months, 1 week ago.
Adversaries may delete files left behind by the actions of their intrusion activity. Malware, tools, or other non-native files dropped or created on a system by an adversary (ex: Ingress Tool Transfer) may leave traces to indicate to what was done within a network and how. Removal of these files can occur during an intrusion, or as part of a post-intrusion process to minimize the adversary's footprint.
There are tools available from the host operating system to perform cleanup, but adversaries may use other tools as well. An example of built-in Command and Scripting Interpreter functions is del on Windows.
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